Council gets £ 360,000 to get sleepers off the streets
ST HELENS Council has secured more than Â£ 360,000 in funding as part of a government program to get sleepers off the streets and put them in safe accommodation.
Rough Sleeper Initiative funding has been allocated to councils across England to support vital projects such as shelters, specialist mental health or addiction services, and targeted support to help street sleepers to of voucher, with St Helens Borough Council receiving a total of Â£ 368,750. .
In previous years, funding has been spent on establishing emergency beds in the YMCA and the Salvation Army, also funding a Navigator and Accommodation Support Officer to assist sleepers with the street to get out of the street and find suitable accommodation.
This year’s funding will allow the continuation of previous initiatives and allow a number of new initiatives such as the Recovery Housing Project and Existing Services to explore and implement a psychologically informed environment review.
The latest funding complements work by St Helens City Council and partners to help more than 150 people find housing since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic – including a project with social housing provider Torus to redevelop apartments previously vacant in the Peasley Cross area of ââSt Helens in 28 quality homes for people assessed as capable of independent living who would otherwise be at risk of returning to the streets.
Councilor Jeanie Bell, cabinet member of the St Helens Borough Council for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: âEveryone, regardless of their background or situation, should have the right to safe housing and it is really important that residents who find themselves in this predicament know that the options are available to them.
âI am really proud of the work we have done with partners such as the St Helens YMCA, The Salvation Army, the Whitechapel Center and the voluntary sector like Teardrops and the Hope Center over the years to tackle sleep in the streets in our borough, in particular during the last 12 months which have been the most difficult period in living memory. This additional funding will mean that we can continue our crucial work to tie up and help people off the streets for good. ”
The council’s housing advice and options service provides advice and information to anyone at risk of losing their home.
Visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/housing or call 01744 675150 or 0845 0500148 in case of emergency, outside opening hours.